|Enewsletter • June 12, 2013|
VO’s approach, simultaneously
pragmatic and forward-thinking, focuses
on engaging those who are deemed most open to
lifestyle changes: namely, the young, and, in
particular, college students. Perhaps more importantly,
its philosophy extends well beyond mere “vegan”
outreach as a practical recognition of how vital
it is to meet people where they are, not where
animal advocates want them to be.
Notes from Vegan Outreach
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Notes from Our Members
On the way home after
handing a booklet to over 1,100 students at
Michigan State, I drove behind a truck crammed
with turkeys on their way to slaughter. They
were packed as 4 birds per wire cage (looked
to be 24" x 24" x 24" cages) with
no protection from the weather and wind. They
were absolutely motionless due to the pain of
their overgrown bodies and damage done in the
handling, and no doubt fear of the experience
I woke up to Joe’s message about
the truck of turkeys on their way to slaughter.
It made me sick to my stomach and shot adrenaline
to my arms. Later in the day, I decided to re-read
it. Teary-eyed and all, I got a booklet into
the hands of every possible student I could.
At Western Michigan
University, I had help from my host Deanna [McDonald, above, right] and her friend Kate [Cowdery, above, left] – they were great! One student pointed to her friend’s booklet
and said, “That’s why I’m going vegetarian!”
I flagged her down and gave her a Guide,
which she joyfully accepted. Productive conversations
with Kristen [left], Dana, and Janet [below, left], all of whom I
expect will be changing, and maybe getting involved!
A lot of other great feedback; e.g., another
student explained that he really liked that
we were there, that it’s so true how the only
way things will really change is when consumers
demand them to change.
Good reception at Christopher Newport
University. One young woman got
a booklet, read it while standing up for a few
minutes, sat down and read it for a few more
minutes, then ran into her friends and told
them that they should take a booklet. The highlight
of the day was a guy who rode by on his skateboard
with his belly on the board. As he approached,
I got down on the ground, and did the handoff
while laying there. He and his friends enjoyed
it, as did I.
At Southern Maine Community College, a young man initially refused a booklet, saying things like, “We’ve been eating meat since the dawn of time!” When he walked by again, he stopped and heard me out, and ended up taking a booklet. Later, I met a young woman who got a booklet last year; she said she and her boyfriend are eating a lot more vegetarian meals now.
A young man said
he had worked at an egg farm. He said the conditions
were horrible, and described small cages, sick
birds with hardly any feathers, etc. He said
part of his job was to go around and remove
dead / dying birds from cages. While looking at
the battery cage photos in the booklet, he said
that conditions are sometimes even worse than
what the photos show.
and I hit four schools in the snow today.
Interesting interactions; e.g., after reading
the booklet, one student, whose brother is vegetarian,
said it finally makes sense; took a Guide
for himself and another to show his brother.
a presentation on factory farming
at Illinois State – it went really well, and
I gave out Compassionate Choices and
Guides at the end. Stuck around after
to leaflet, and I’m sure the message stuck with some of them!
leafleter Rita joined me at Monroe
College. Students were very friendly; e.g.,
talked with one very curious guy who was happy
to get a Guide.
school for me and Stacey – Albertus
Magnus College. Mike had a lot of questions
about eating inexpensively, vitamins, health,
protein, etc. Gave him a Guide. Met
Robert, who came back and said he likes pigs
feet, pork chops, etc. I said I understand,
but it is not about taste, it is about compassion
and reducing suffering. I asked if he could
cut back on consuming animal products, to help.
We talked for about 10 minutes and he took a
initially slow at Montana State, but then the
fire marshal started testing the fire alarms!
It was like a dream come true, with each building
emptying out one at a time! After we followed
the marshal around to all of the academic buildings,
it was pretty well saturated. The most memorable
conversation was with a professor who is vegan
two days a week; hopefully our quick conversation
will encourage him along!
Loyola, enough interested young faces and people
reading the booklet to give hope. Also, I leafleted
a security guard who said she is vegetarian
and was excited to get a Guide.
Good day at Valdosta State – reached over 1,000 students, and gave out dozens of Guides. Students thanked me for being out there and/or commented on how moving the booklets were. Spoke with a professor who, after our conversation, totally agreed with me that at least reducing animal product consumption was definitely the way to go, instead of eating “humane” products.
Despite the rain-shortened
day, I had a ton of great conversations at the
College of Central Florida – was actually shocked
by the near-universal interest in the booklets!
Three people told me they now wanted to go vegetarian,
and one said he would work on going vegan. The
latter’s girlfriend had gone vegan to
lose weight, but when that did not happen she
went back to eating meat. However, he is trying
to go vegan for the animals as he sees it as
unnecessary to eat animal products – noting
that it’s cruel when alternatives exist.